I am all for routines, they help you to keep organized and allow for efficiency in getting work done. These are both things that are pretty much part of my core. My lesson this week was in embracing the freedom in doing different things that aren't part of the plan...for the afternoon, day, or week. Work was crazy busy, but to be expected. What I had not expected was that I would not get to they gym all week. Not part of my normal routine, but on Thursday I had an idea. I left work after 8 hours (see...already something different) and met my sister at the Mall for some random, meaningless shopping. That is the fun thing about doing things that are seemingly random and meaningless, they still lead you to where you need to be.
I am a diehard Nike girl...the only running shoes I have ever worn have been Nike...my entire life for the most part. Most of my gym attire is Nike...but I have been slowly embracing the power of Under Armour. It started with a few gym outfits and then it happened. On Thursday, I tried on a pair of running shoes and it felt like kismet. I tried on two different pairs and then settled for bliss. I was so excited about my new venture that I decided to continue on the path of unexpected and went to the gym the next morning. I was excited to try out my new shoes and do some strength training before heading to work. It felt great, but I knew I was not done for the day. I also wanted to go back after work and do a six mile walk. I made it back to see gym, but only did 5 miles. I had to work later than expected and it was getting late...and I felt bad about delaying dinner plans even later.
The walk was the true test of the sneakers...and they passed. No shin splints. I didn't even need my standard heel gels. They were so light and allowed for complete unrestricted movement. I'm glad I took a chance and did something out of the norm. I have new shoes which will carry me through the completion of my first year back to the gym. A full year!!
PS - - I know right?? Aren't they the cutest??